The first bomb cracked dive an egg; the second gutted the lobby of the Marriott; and the third peeled the front off the Grand Hyatt.Three massive explosions,all at American hotels in the heart of the city, and all within a few horrifying seconds.Hundreds are dead and thousands are injured.Singapore is bleeding.Inspector Samuel Tay is Senior Inspector in the Special Investigation section of Singapore CID, but he is frozen out of this investigation from the beginning.He’s made serious enemies in Singapore’s Internal Security Department,and he has even more enemies at the American embassy,so Tay is assigned routine cases while his colleagues join with the CIA and the FBI in a feverish search for the bombers.
Three days after the explosions,the smell of death still sticky in the city’s air,Tay is sent to a run-down apartment near the Malaysian border where two children have found the body of a caucasian male with a broken neck.Tay immediately feels an unsettling connection with the dead man,although he’s certain he has never seen him before.As Tay searches the dead man’s past for clues to who he was and who his killer might have been,Tay’s own past begins to give up its secrets.
A long-dead father he can barely remember reaches out of the creve to point to the truth about both the murdered man and the bombings.And the horror of Singapore’s destruction becomes a personal horror for Samuel Tay.
TITLE: THE UMBRELLA MAN
AUTHOR: JAKE NEEDHAM
Inspector Sejer is hard at work again,investigating the murder of a woman who lived alone in the middle of the woods.The chief suspect is another loner,a schizophrenic recently escaped from a mental institution.The only witness is a twelve year old boy,overweight,obsessed with archery,and a resident at home for delinquents.When a demented man robs a nearby bank and accidentally takes the suspect hostage,the three misfits are drawn into an uneasy alliance.
Shrewdly,patiently,as is is way,Inspector Sejer confronts a case where strangeness of the crime is matched only by the strangeness of the criminals,and where small-town prejudices warp every piece of information he tries to collect.
TITLE: HE WHO FEARS THE WOLF
AUTHOR: KARIN FOSSUM
Driving along the freeway,LAPD Sergeant Shane Scully glances over and sees at the wheel of a neighboring car his oldest friend and LAPD colleague,Jody Dean.Why is Scully surprises? Because it’s been two years since Jody committed suicide.Now Shane is confronted by the bizarre truth: Jody and five other cops thought to be dead are anything but originally sent deep undercover to bust an extremely violent International criminal network,they’ve gone bad.Calling themselves the Vikings,they are LAPD’s worst nightmare: dangerous rougue cops who know how the system works.There’s only one way to discover a dead mans secrets,by returning to the ashes.
TITLE: THE VIKING FUNERAL
AUTHOR: STEPHEN J. CANNELL
Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until a notorious serial killer tried to add her to his list of victims.Nearly a year has passed since surviving her ordeal,but the physical,emotional,and psychological scars run deep.Struggling with the torment of post-traumatic stress syndrome,plagued by flashbacks and nightmares as dark as the heart of a killer,Dana returns to her hometown in an attempt to begin to put her life together.But home doesn’t provide the comfort she expects.
Dana’s harrowing story and her return to small town life have rekindled police and media interest in the unsolved case of her childhood best friend,Casey Grant,who disappeared without a trace the summer after graduation from high school.Terrified of truths long-buried,Dana reluctantly begins to look back at her past.Viewed through the dark filter of PTSD,old friends and loved ones become suspects and enemies.
Questioning everything she knows,refusing to be defined by the traumas of her past and struggling against excruciating odds,Dana seeks out a truth that may prove too terrible to be believed.
TITLE: COLD COLD HEART
AUTHOR: TAMI HOAG
Tyler Stone is about to be divorced and is willing to start over to be devises what he believes is the perfect murder.He’s been pushed to his limit and desperate to kill his wife and redeem his manhood.He knows perfection is in the details but so is the devil as he’s about to be reminded.There’s no such thing such as perfect murder.Mistakes are common place.Everyone makes them.The trick is not to make that Fatal Mistake,the one that gets you caught.
TITLE: FATAL MISTAKE
AUTHOR: CLIFF ROBERTS
A towering legend among New York Private equity partnerships,Everest Capital is aptly named.When it’s founder meets an untimely death,thirty-six-year old superstar Christian Gillette gets the top job.But with the power and prestige comes risks.The day he narrowly escapes a fiery explosion that consumes his limo and takes two innocent lives,Gillette instantly understands how intense those risks are.It comes as no surprise to him that he has enemies in the world of multibillion dollar deals.
But now that he controls Everest,he’s not going to let those enemies keep him from taking the firm and himself to even greater heights.Gillette has never hesitated to be aggressive even ruthless,in his pursuit of success.This time will be no exception.But in order to forge the alliances necessary to achieve his goals,Gillette forsakes a cardinal rule: Never Trust Anyone.The only certainties are the insidious campaign of corporate sabotage that could cost him his life.
To break a deadly conspiracy of greed,he’ll be forced to walk-then-run an ever blurring line between loyalty and betrayal,attack and retreat,survival and destruction……in the ultimate game of profit and loss.
TITLE: THE CHAIRMAN
AUTHOR: STEPHEN FREY
On Christmas Eve in 1985,a hunter found a young boy’s body along an icy field in Nebraska.The residents of Chester,Nebraska buried him as ” Little Boy Blue” unclaimed and unidentified ……until a phone call from Ohio two years later led authorities to Eli Stutzman,the boys father.Eli Stutzman,the son of an Amish bishop,was by all appearances a dedicated farmer and family man in the country’s strictest religious sect.But behind his quiet facade was a man involved with pornography,sadomasochism,and drugs.
After the suspicious death of his pregnant wife,Stutzman took his pre-school age son,Danny,and hit the road on a sexual odyssey ending with his conviction for murder.But the mystery of Eli Stutzman and the fate of his son didn’t end on the barren Nebraska plains.It was just the beginning………
TITLE: ABANDONED PRAYERS
AUTHOR: GREGG OLSEN
Once a high-flying international lawyer,a member of the innermost circle of government power,Jack Shepherd has abandoned the savage politics of Washington for the lethargic backwater of Bangkok,where he is now just an unremarkable professor at an unimportant university in an insignificant city.Or is he? Asian bank collapses under dubious circumstances.A former law partner, Shepherd thought dead reveals himself as the force behind the disgraced bank and coerces Shepherd into helping him track the hundreds of millions of dollars that disappeared in the collapse.A twisting trail of deceit leads Shepherd from Bangkok to Hong Kong and eventually to an isolated villa on the fabled Island of Phuket where he confronts the evil at the heart of a monstrous game of international treachery.A lawyer among people who laugh at the law,a friend in a land where today’s allies are tomorrows fugitives.Jake Shepherd battles the global tide of corruption,extortion and murder that is fast engulfing the new life he has made for himself in Thailand.
TITLE: LAUNDRY MAN
AUTHOR: JAKE NEEDHAM
In a small town like solitude,Oregon,keeping a secret can be murder.Stevie Taylor had left her sleepy Oregon hometown for a more exciting life.But after her police chief father passes away,the LAPD cop returns solitude and signs on as a patrol officer,hoping to heal from her loss,….and from the horrific things she’s seen in the city.
In solitude,everyone knows everyone else’s business-then,to Stevie’s dismay,local gossip soon ties her to the new police chief and a man from her past.Tragedy then shakes up the small town when a teenager dies after taking a strange new drug.Now,the seasoned LA cop must hunt down the dealer while investigating the most important case of her life,one that could divide her tranqill town.
TITLE: ON HER FATHER’S GRAVE
AUTHOR: KENDRA ELLIOT
Claire Heller Chapman has the perfect life.She’s a Harvard law professor and high profile criminal defense attorney known for taking on and winning though cases.But one day this perfect life is shattered when her husband Tom Chapman is suddenly arrested by a team of government agents and accused of a brutal crime he insists he didn’t commit.As Claire finds herself drawn closer into a web of duplicity and shadowy figures,she discovered that her husband is not who he says he is… that he once had a different name …even a different face….Now Claire must put her reputation on the line to defend Tom in a top secret court-martial.As she searches for the truth,she begins to unravel an insidious,high-level government conspiracy that threatens not only her career but also her life,and the lives of her loved ones.All the while,she struggles to maintain her belief in her husband’s innocence even when all the evidence seems to indicate that he is a cold blooded murderer.
TITLE: HIGH CRIMES
AUTHOR: JOSEPH FINDER